Breed: chocolate Lab mix
Joined our pack in 2017
Scents: 7, including ivory & suspected poacher tracking
When Popo was surrendered to the shelter he was emaciated and had a dull, lusterless coat. He was fine with other dogs, but he really only cared about one thing: playing ball. The shelter manager quickly realized he needed an extremely active family or, even better, a job. She reached out to WD4C’s friend and colleague, Megan Vick, who has evaluated and rescued numerous working dogs. Megan arranged for Popo to come to us, and now, fit and glossy, he is a stellar addition to our poaching prevention project in the Serengeti, where he has become particularly skilled at tracking. Popo and his canine partner DJ once led their handlers on an all-night 14.7 kilometer track to a poaching camp, which resulted in three arrests and the confiscation of 34 deadly snares and 432 kilograms (over 950 lbs!) of bushmeat.
Popo and his handler training at the Singita Grumeti basecamp.